TIME Football

Talking Points From the 2015 NFL Draft

Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft,, April 30, 2015, in Chicago
Charles Rex Arbogast—AP Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft,, April 30, 2015, in Chicago

And some things to look forward to on Friday

Three teams showed no fear of behavioral baggage accompanying some prospects in the NFL draft’s first round. The rest were more reticent.

Tampa Bay believes it found its franchise quarterback at the top of the proceedings Thursday night, selecting Jameis Winston. The Florida State quarterback made plenty of headlines winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013 while leading the Seminoles to the national title, and again with his strong play last season.

He also drew way too much attention for off-field problems.

“One thing I don’t do is live in the past and I will not be negative. I’m very optimistic about this situation,” Winston said. “It’s been my lifelong dream to be a successful quarterback and great teammate in the NFL.”

Denver also didn’t struggle much with the fact Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession on Monday. The Broncos traded up five spots to 23rd to get him.

That was much lower than many projections for Ray. Of course, marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, but Ray said there will be no temptations for him.

“When I was cited, I wasn’t under the influence. I don’t think weed is something that controls my life nor has it controlled my life or been an issue,” he said. “I think that’s really not a concern at all.

“But more so, I’m ready to move past that in my life. I’m not going to let that define me as a person and all the good I’ve done. I’m not going to let it define my character.”

Another player with marijuana on his resume, Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory, tested positive at the NFL combine in February. He was not chosen in the first round despite generally being considered a top-32 talent.

Kansas City picked Washington cornerback Marcus Peters at No. 18 after extensive investigation into why he was dismissed from the Huskies last season — run-ins with coaches.

“We all make mistakes at times in life. Marcus realizes that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We feel comfortable he realizes that. It was an emotional situation and he didn’t handle it the right way. I think he’s learned from it, just from our experience with him.”

Several others who got into trouble in college remain on the board. It will be interesting to see how teams treat them considering the cases last year involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy that led to a new personal conduct policy.

Some things to look for in Friday’s second and third rounds:

IN TOWN AND STILL AVAILABLE: Of the 27 players invited to the draft, six went unselected Thursday: Gregory, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, Penn State tackle Donovan Smith, Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, and Mississippi State linebacker Bernardrick McKinney.

LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins was at the NFL Play 60 event in Chicago Wednesday, but did not attend the draft. He is being sought by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an investigation into the murder of an ex-girlfriend. Police say he is not a suspect.

ALSO AVAILABLE BUT NOT IN CHICAGO: Likely to go in the second round, which begins at 7 p.m. EDT, are several highly touted players who didn’t fit team’s preferences on Thursday. Look for LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, Virginia linebacker Eli Harold, Pittsburgh tackle T. J. Clemmings, Miami running back Duke Johnson and Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett.

RUN ON RUNNING BACKS: For the first time in three drafts, a running back — actually two — was taken in the opening round. Georgia’s Todd Gurley, coming off a torn ACL, went to St. Louis at No. 10. Wisconsin’s record-setting Melvin Gordon was chosen 15th by San Diego, which moved up two spots in a trade with San Francisco to get him.

A run on running backs could be ahead. It is one of the deepest positions in this draft, and while teams have gone pass-happy in the pros, surely there will be room for the likes of Boise State’s Jay Ajayi, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, Michigan State’s Devin Coleman, Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, and Minnesota’s David Cobb. All of them might go off the board Friday night.

DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE GUYS: No, not players without the “measurables” NFL teams seek, but guys from smaller schools. Among those prospects with a good shot of being selected in Rounds 2 or 3: RB David Johnson of Northern Iowa; OT Ali Marpet of Hobart, a Division III school; S Tevin McDonald of Eastern Washington; LB Davis Tull of Chattanooga; and QB Brandon Bridge of South Alabama.

TIME Paraguay

Rights Group Urges Paraguay to Allow Abortion for 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

The girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather

(ASUNCION, Paraguay) — Amnesty International is calling on Paraguay’s government to allow a 10-year-old girl to get an abortion for the sake of her health.

Rosalia Vega, director of the international rights group in Asuncion, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the request had been made to the Health Ministry and Justice Department.

Authorities allege the girl was raped by her stepfather, who has fled. She was taken to a public hospital April 21 complaining of abdominal pains and found to be 22 weeks into the pregnancy.

Her mother’s request to abort the child was not granted. Abortion in the poor South American country is illegal.

Domestic abuse makes young pregnancies a big problem. According to health statistics, 680 Paraguayan girls between 10 and 14 years old gave birth in 2014.

TIME celebrities

Britney Spears Injures Ankle on Stage, Cancels Vegas Shows

Britney Spears At Her "Britney: Piece Of Me" Show At Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino In Las Vegas, Nevada
Denise Truscello—Truscello/BSLV/Getty Images for Brandcasting, Inc Britney Spears performs at her "Britney: Piece Of Me" show at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on March 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Footage shows Spears kicking and high-stepping on high-heels before her left ankle gives way

(LAS VEGAS)— An onstage ankle injury has pop star Britney Spears rescheduling her Friday and Saturday night performances on the Las Vegas Strip so she doesn’t, oops, do it again.

A statement from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino where Spears performs her “Britney: Piece of Me” show said Thursday the star’s doctor recommended she take the two days to heal.

The statement says Spears injured herself during a Wednesday night performance.

Video footage of the performer shot by an audience member shows Spears kicking and high-stepping on high-heels during her single “(You Drive Me) Crazy” before her left ankle gives way.

Spears took to Twitter Wednesday night to thank her fans for the well wishes, saying she “had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle but I’m ok!”


TIME central african republic

Residents: French Soldiers Raped African Children in Camp

French forces patrol in Sibut, northeast of Bangui, Central African Republic on April 11, 2014.
Jerome Delay—AP French forces patrol in Sibut, northeast of Bangui, Central African Republic on April 11, 2014.

Similar accusations have emerged against soldiers from Chad and Equatorial Guinea

(BANGUI, Central African Republic) — Residents of a squalid refugee camp said Thursday that French soldiers tasked with protecting civilians had sexually abused boys as young as 9 years old, luring the children with army rations and small change when their families had nothing to feed them.

The accounts given to The Associated Press by one of the boys’ mother and another woman living in the camp came a day after French authorities acknowledged that investigations into the allegations had been underway for months. The children — who described to investigators last year how they were given bottles of water after being sodomized — are still living in the refugee camp, relatives said.

The French government has not explained why the probe was kept quiet, though France’s president promised tough punishment for any soldier found guilty. The probe came to light Wednesday in a report in Britain’s the Guardian newspaper after the alleged whistleblower at the United Nations was removed from his duties.

Details also emerged Thursday of similar accusations against soldiers from Chad and Equatorial Guinea.

“For the moment, we don’t know if the facts have been proven,” French military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron said Thursday, stressing the importance of the French military operation in limiting the bloodshed in Central African Republic where thousands died amid fighting between Muslims and Christians.

France, the former colonizer of Central African Republic, sent several thousand additional troops to Bangui in late 2013 and in early 2014 amid sectarian violence that prompted tens of thousands to seek refuge on the grounds of the capital’s airport.

The mother of one of the children told AP that her son was just 9 years old when he was assaulted by French soldiers. She spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to identify her son as a victim of sexual abuse.

Her family had fled to the airport the first day of the sectarian clashes in December 2013, and she and her son are still living there.

“The children were vulnerable because they were hungry and their parents had nothing to give them, so the children were forced to ask the soldiers for food,” she recalled.

“They took advantage of the children forcing them to perform oral sex and also sodomizing them,” she said. “The moaning of children in the area often started around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.”

Another resident said other abused children ranged in age from 10 years old to 13.

“In exchange for cookies, the soldiers demanded oral sex,” she said, recounting what the children told her. “Afterward they were given bottles of water. They even sodomized the children.”

Paula Donovan, whose group AIDS-Free World has been looking into abuse by peacekeeping personnel, said she had been given a copy of the U.N. internal report that detailed the accusations. She said that 16 soldiers were cited, including one or two who the children said had been on the lookout while the abuses happened.

Children also accused soldiers from Chad and Equatorial Guinea, Donovan said. “A child reported that he had watched from a hiding place as his friend was raped by two soldiers from Equatorial Guinea,” she said in an email. “One soldier stood watch while the other demanded oral sex and then sodomized the boy, and then the two soldiers switched roles.”

She added, “At another point in the interviews, a boy reported seeing a child he knew being sodomized by two soldiers from Chad while a third Chadian soldier watched.”

French military officials refused Thursday to say whether the soldiers have been identified or whether any were still serving in Central African Republic.

The U.N. later set up a 12,000-strong peacekeeping force in September, taking over from regional peacekeepers who hailed from neighboring countries. The U.N. says the investigation is now in the hands of French prosecutors. The chief prosecutor in Bangui’s capital says a local inquiry is being launched as well.

French President Francois Hollande, speaking Thursday to reporters in western France, said if the allegations are proven true, the sanctions against the soldiers should be “very serious” and “set an example.”

About 18,000 people are still living on the grounds of the airport nearly 1½ years after the violence erupted, in some cases seeking shelter under rusty decommissioned planes. At the height of the crisis, more than 100,000 internally displaced people were living there.

TIME Congress

House Adopts Compromise GOP Budget Targeting ‘Obamacare’

The 226-197 vote sends the non-binding plan to the Senate for a vote next week

(WASHINGTON) — The House Thursday adopted a compromise GOP budget that promises to speed repeal of the President Barack Obama’s health care law while giving the Pentagon an additional $38 billion next year.

The 226-197 vote sends the non-binding budget plan to the Senate for a vote next week. It promises to balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in spending cuts, though Republicans make clear they aren’t interested in actually imposing controversial cuts to programs like Medicare, food stamps, Pell Grants or the traditional Medicaid program with follow-up legislation.

Instead, the House-Senate budget framework increases spending in the near term by padding war accounts by almost $40 billion next year. And Senate Republicans skittish over politically dangerous cuts to Medicare blocked a House move that called for giving subsidies to future retirees to purchase health insurance on the open market instead of a guaranteed package of Medicare coverage.

Under Washington’s arcane budget process, lawmakers first adopt a budget that’s essentially a visionary document and follow it up with binding legislation to set agency budgets, cut or raise taxes, and make changes to so-called mandatory programs like Medicare and food stamps, whose budgets run as if on autopilot.

Republicans tout the long-term economic benefits of a balanced budget and say it’s better to tackle the long-term financial problems of programs like Medicare and Medicaid sooner rather than later.

Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., said the GOP plan “will not only get Washington’s fiscal house in order but pave the way for stronger economic growth, more jobs and more opportunity. It invests in our nation’s priorities, ensures a strong national defense and saves and strengthens and protects important programs like Medicare and Social Security.”

But Democrats say the GOP plan unfairly targets the middle class and the poor while leaving in place lucrative tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

White House budget director Shaun Donovan dissected the measure in a blog post that noted $600 billion in cuts from “income security” programs like nutrition assistance, cash assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and refundable tax credits for the working poor. Donovan also pointed out cuts to Pell grants for disadvantaged college students while noting that its relief for the Pentagon is temporary.

This year, Republicans are focused mostly on finally delivering legislation to President Barack Obama that would repeal the bulk of his signature health care law. Successful action on Thursday’s budget plan would permit a health care repeal to advance through the Senate without threat of a Democratic filibuster. Obama is sure to veto the measure, which is scheduled to advance by late July.

While assuming expiration of health insurance subsidies and repeal of the expansion of Medicaid coverage under the health care law, the measure promises balance over the coming decade by relying on about $2 trillion worth of cuts to health care providers and tax revenues consistent with levels in place after the 2010 health care law. Republicans promise to repeal the Obamacare tax increases but don’t say how they’ll replace the revenue.

“The Affordable Care Act is still here, the revenue is still here, and the Republican budget assumes that revenue for the purpose of achieving balance,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. “That leaves people’s heads spinning and it means the budget is not in balance.”

Separately, the House moved ahead on spending bills for the departments of Veterans Affairs and Energy. Both measures face veto threats because they fall short of Obama’s budget request, even as Republicans are skirting next year’s budget limits on the Pentagon by $38 billion by padding off-budget war accounts. Only 19 Democrats voted for the veterans measure Thursday in a 255-163 tally that fell short of the two-thirds required to overcome a veto.

Obama insists he’ll block Republicans from boosting the Defense Department’s budget unless they agree to relief for domestic programs as well. The Pentagon and domestic agencies alike are being hit by automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, which are the result of Washington’s collective failure to come up with enough deficit savings to replace them.

The GOP budget also promises cuts to domestic agency operating budgets that are passed by Congress each year that are deeper than the already-unrealistic levels required under sequestration. Such budgets would be cut by about $500 billion over 10 years.

Two of the Senate’s Republican presidential hopefuls, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against the Senate’s budget last month as too timid, while Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed it.

TIME Football

Tampa Bay Selects Jameis Winston as No. 1 NFL Draft Pick

Quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State in action throwing during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 21, 2015 in Indianapolis.
Joe Robbins—Getty Images Quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State in action throwing during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 21, 2015 in Indianapolis.

He won the Heisman Trophy in 2013

(CHICAGO) — Whew. The wait is finally over. Thank goodness. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to stress out for the next three or four years to see what really comes of the first pick of the NFL draft — quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State.

The Bucs put an end to months of speculation by selecting the talented-but-troubled signal caller, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013.

Winston was not present in Chicago, choosing to watch the draft at home in Alabama.

(Oh, and Commissioner Roger Goodell got booed again when he came out to announce the pick.)

Winston apparently did enough to convince the owners of the first pick that he’s worth the risk.

He’s the first QB to be selected first since Andrew Luck in 2012. Winston is also the first player from Florida State, which produces gobs of NFL talent, to be picked first in the draft.

Tennessee is on the clock.

TIME police

Tulsa Sheriff Limits Volunteers’ Duties After Fatal Shooting

Move comes after a deputy said he confused his handgun and stun gun while pursuing a suspect and fired

(TULSA, Okla.) — Reserve deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office can no longer patrol alone, the agency announced Thursday, but attorneys for the family of a man who was fatally shot by a volunteer said the move came too late.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz said the office would temporarily limit its reserves while it audits the training records of its 126 reserve deputies.

The review comes after the release of internal memos from 2009 that indicate officers were worried that 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates hadn’t completed required training and that administrators were silencing criticisms of the volunteer.

Bates, a friend of Glanz who has donated tens of thousands of dollars in cash and equipment to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.

Bates has said he confused his handgun and stun gun after Harris ran from authorities during a sting operation involving gun sales. Bates is white and Harris was black, but the victim’s brother has said he does not believe race played a role in the shooting.

Also Thursday, Glanz announced that Chief Deputy Richard Weigel would become undersheriff after Tim Albin resigned. The 2009 investigation alleged Albin had been aware Bates was inadequately trained but pressured officers to look the other way. Weigel starts Friday.

Glanz made the announcements in news releases, but declined to comment further. An agency spokesman said the sheriff would continue to evaluate the office and make changes where needed.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office is underway by an outside agency, but he declined to elaborate.

“I’m trying to protect the integrity of the investigative process, and I’m not going to comment any further,” Kunzweiler said.

Attorneys for Harris’ family said the agency’s suspension of the advanced reserve deputy program was “far too little and far too late. ”

“If Sheriff Glanz had taken appropriate, timely action, when he was first made aware of the serious and dangerous problems with his reserve deputy program, Eric Harris would be alive today,” attorney Dan Smolen said.

Marq Lewis, a civil rights organizer who has called on Glanz to resign over the shooting, said the internal review shows the office was more concerned about doing “damage control.”

“It goes to show the tone that has been set in this whole nightmare,” Lewis said. “Everything is reactive instead of becoming proactive.”


Associated Press reporters Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City and Allen Reed in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.

TIME climate change

Global Warming to Speed Up Extinction

American Pika, photo taken on Aug. 17, 2005, is in trouble because it has few places to escape the heat with climate change.
Shana S. Weber—AP American Pika, photo taken on Aug. 17, 2005, is in trouble because it has few places to escape the heat with climate change.

1 in 6 species could be gone or on the road to extinction by the end of the century

(WASHINGTON) — Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

It won’t quite be as bad in North America, where only 1 in 20 species will be killed off because of climate change or Europe where the extinction rate is nearly as small. But in South America, that forecasted heat-caused extinction rate soars to 23 percent, the worst for any continent, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science.

University of Connecticut ecologist Mark Urban compiled and analyzed 131 peer-reviewed studies on species that used various types of computer simulations and found a general average extinction rate for the globe: 7.9 percent. That’s an average for all species, all regions, taking into consideration various assumptions about future emission trends of man-made greenhouse gases. The extinction rate calculation doesn’t mean all of those species will be gone; some will just be on an irreversible decline, dwindling toward oblivion, he said.

“It’s a sobering result,” Urban said.

Urban’s figures are probably underestimating the real rate of species loss a little, said scientists not affiliated with the research. That’s because Urban only looks at temperature, not other factors like fire or interaction with other animals, and more studies have been done in North America and Europe, where rates are lower, said outside biologists Stuart Pimm of Duke University and Terry Root of Stanford University.

The projected extinction rate changes with time and how much warming there is from the burning of coal, oil and gas. At the moment, the extinction rate is relatively low, 2.8 percent, but it rises with more carbon dioxide pollution and warmer temperatures, Urban wrote.

By the end of the century, in a worst case scenario if world carbon emission trends continue to rise, 1 in 6 species will be gone or on the road to extinction, Urban said. That’s higher than the overall rate because that 7.9 percent rate takes into account some projections that the world will reduce or at least slow carbon dioxide emissions.

What happens is that species tend to move closer to the poles and up in elevation as it gets warmer, Urban said. But some species, especially those on mountains such as the American pika, run out of room to move and may die off because there’s no place to escape the heat, Urban said. It’s like being on an ever-shrinking island.

Still, Pimm and Urban said the extinction from warming climates is dwarfed by a much higher extinction rate also caused by man: Habitat loss. A large extinction is going on, and for every species disappearing for natural causes, 1,000 are vanishing because of unnatural man-made causes, Pimm said.

“I don’t know we’re at the point where we can call it a mass extinction event, but we’re certainly heading that way unless we change direction,” Urban said.

A separate study in the same journal looked at 23 million years of marine fossils to determine which water animals have the biggest extinction risk and where. Marine mammals, such as whales, dolphins and seals, have the highest risk. The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, western Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean between Australia and Japan are hotspots for potential extinction, especially those caused by human factors, the study said.

TIME Basketball

Florida’s Billy Donovan Hired to Coach Oklahoma City Thunder

Florida head coach Billy Donovan walks the sideline area during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game
Steve Helber—AP Florida head coach Billy Donovan walks the sideline area during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on March 12, 2015, in Nashville.

He led Florida to two national championships

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Florida’s Billy Donovan as their new coach.

The Thunder made the announcement Thursday.

The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Gators in December that would have paid him an average salary of $4 million through 2020.

But, eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, Donovan is back in the NBA.

Donovan inherits a team with 2013-14 MVP Kevin Durant and 2014-15 scoring champion Russell Westbrook.

He replaces Scott Brooks, who was fired last week.

TIME Germany

Germany Foils Suspected Boston-Style Terror Attack, Officials Say

Suspicion of terror in Oberursel
Boris Roessler—dpa/Corbis Explosives experts leave the grounds of an apartment complex in Oberursel, Germany, on April 30, 2015, carrying bags and suitcases filled with secured items.

Authorities seized a cache of weapons, a pipe bomb and chemicals

(BERLIN) — German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for Friday, seizing a cache of weapons, including a pipe bomb, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives in a raid on a suspected Islamic extremist’s home outside Frankfurt.

Authorities detained a 35-year-old Turkish-German man and his 34-year-old Turkish wife in the raid in the town of Oberursel. The couple, whose names weren’t released in line with Germany privacy rules, had been under surveillance.

Security officials were worried that the couple may have been targeting the one-day Eschborn to Frankfurt race, which draws around 200 professional riders and thousands of spectators on the May Day public holiday. Police said the race would be canceled in case the couple had accomplices, or they placed as-yet undetected explosive devices along the route.

Suspicions were heightened when police recently observed the male suspect, a trained chemist, apparently scouting out the area where the race was due to take place, said Frankfurt’s chief prosecutor, Albrecht Schreiber. The race was supposed to pass through Oberursel.

“The result of the raid shows that our suspicions were confirmed,” Schreiber told reporters Thursday at a news conference in Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse.

“According to our current information, we have prevented an attack,” said Stefan Mueller, the chief of police for western Hesse state.

Authorities in Germany have long warned that the country is at high risk of an attack after being named as a target by extremists, including some who have joined the Islamic State group. Mueller declined to say whether authorities believe that known extremist groups were involved.

In the Boston Marathon attack, three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded at the finish line on April 15, 2013.

“Of course we talked about the Boston attack last night,” said Mueller, explaining why security officials decided to go ahead with the raid. The race “is a soft target, and of course, since the Boston Marathon, it’s part of the security assessment for every marathon in Germany, and of course this is true for cycling races too.”

Prosecutors in Frankfurt launched an investigation against the couple in mid-April after an employee at a hardware store informed police about a suspiciously large purchase of a chemical that can be used to make bombs. The couple had used a false name when they bought three liters (nearly a gallon) of hydrogen peroxide, but police were able to identify them and put them under surveillance.

“This hydrogen peroxide triggered an alert,” Frankfurt’s deputy chief prosecutor Stefan Rojczyk told The Associated Press earlier Thursday.

“Three liters is completely unusual,” he said. “You can use it to clear algae from your pond, but you can also use it to build bombs.”

Schreiber said investigators found a functioning pipe bomb, 100 rounds of ammunition, parts of an assault rifle, the hydrogen peroxide, a training rocket for an anti-tank weapon and various other chemicals in the cellar of the couple’s home.

Heavily-armed police wearing masks were involved in the overnight raid, and forensic officers in white suits entered the property and later carted out evidence during daylight hours on Thursday.

Schreiber said the detained man was linked to the extreme Islamic Salafist movement in the Frankfurt area and was known to police for 15 previous offenses. The two suspects would likely appear before a judge later Thursday, he said, adding that two young children found at the premises were being looked after by social services.

“I want to emphasize that an attack was prevented, but it will have to be seen whether a concrete attack against tomorrow’s cycle race was planned,” he said.

Mueller, the police chief, said hydrogen peroxide can be used to produce a substance called TATP. It has been used by extremists to build improvised explosive devices in the past, including by the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, who tried to detonate a bomb in his shoe during a trans-Atlantic flight.


David Rising contributed to this report.

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